Airport Wait Times Survey: Some Travelers Would Stop Flying If Wait Times Increase

With recent cuts to the federal budget, airport wait times are expected to go up significantly. Some already have. So what do travelers think about current wait times and what would they do if those times increased?

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Air Travelers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 2% of US respondents said that they travel via airplane at least once per month. 10% said they fly several times per year. 16% said they fly about once per year. 13% fly every few years. 31% said they rarely fly. And 29% of respondents said they already never travel via airplane.

Wait Times

Currently, 20% of travelers said they think airport wait times are definitely too long. Another 41% said they think wait times are slightly inconvenient, but they don’t really mind. Just 13% said they don’t think airport wait times are bad at all. And 27% said that it always varies for them.

If airport wait times were to double because of spending cuts, 10% of travelers said that they would never fly anymore. 21% said that they would definitely fly less often. 33% said that they would at least try to find alternative travel plans whenever possible. And just 37% of travelers said that increased wait times wouldn’t impact their travel plans at all.

Budget Cuts

Overall, 16% of US respondents said that they think the government should definitely reverse any spending cuts that impact airport wait times. 37% said they think these cuts should probably be reversed. 36% said the cuts probably shouldn’t be reversed. And 12% said they definitely don’t think the government should reverse any spending cuts that impact airport wait times.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Waiting… from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on March 6 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.